Adopt A Senior Sleigh Partners, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Express and Kaufman Development, are managing logistics for the drive, which includes filling 3 very large sleighs with presents. Their support will deliver 5,000 gifts to our seniors, including Senior Renee. Read her story below!

Secret Santa Seniors: Meet Renee

Renee loves Luther Vandross, Empire and the idea that a Secret Santa might be thinking of her. This year, Besa aimed to engage hundreds of Secret Santas to delight 1,000 local senior citizens like Renee with gifts. Columbus, you delivered—and then some, adopting all of our seniors within a week (and prompting us to add 250 more!). Our Secret Santas will deliver more than $55,000 in gifts to 1,250 Central Ohio seniors this holiday season. Here, meet one of our special seniors.

Name: Renee
Age: 61
Passions: Travel, shopping and treating people right
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite TV show: Empire
Favorite entertainer: Luther Vandross
Favorite thing about Columbus: Lots of help here in the city and places to go
If I could invite any three people to dinner, past or present, I'd choose:

  1. My dad
  2. My oldest son
  3. My youngest son

Holiday dream: To have a mother’s ring or a car
Secret Santa Wish List: Warm blanket, cleaning supplies
What would receiving a gift from a Secret Santa would mean? Having someone think of me would be very nice.